PAINESVILLE, Ohio – A hot-shooting Hillsdale (Mich.) Charger squad took down Lake Erie at home on Thursday night. Hillsdale connected on 59.2 percent (29-of-49) of its shots from the floor in pulling off a 75-59 win and a season sweep of the Storm.
Lake Erie (9-15, 6-12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) has now lost four consecutive games. Over that span the Storm offense has sputtered a bit, averaging 58.3 points per contest.
Hillsdale (15-7, 11-7) got 25 points and 14 rebounds from forward Tim Dezelski in defeating LEC for a second time this season. The Chargers beat Lake Erie, 66-48, on Jan. 23.
Senior guard Riley Thomas led the Storm with an 18-point night.
With both offenses clicking, Lake Erie and Hillsdale evenly split the first 20 points of the game. And they did so in short order. But the Chargers then went on a 7-0 run.
Hillsdale went on to build an 11-point lead before settling in at a nine-point advantage (33-24) at halftime. The Chargers outshot Lake Erie, 52 percent to 37 percent, over the game's first 20 minutes.
The visiting five extended their lead to 15 points by the 15-minute mark of the second half. A hot-shooting Hillsdale squad maintained a double-digit lead for the balance of the game. The Chargers shot a blistering 66.7 percent (16-of-24) in the second half, and they out-rebounded Lake Erie, 15-8. They managed to control the game despite the Green & White shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the floor in the period.
For the game, HC out-boarded LEC, 31-22.
Riley Thomas scored his 18 points on a 5-of-12 shooting night. He went 2-of-7 from distance and 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. Fellow senior Garrick Sims added 10 points on a 5-of-6 night from the floor.
Thursday's contest marked Lake Erie's penultimate home game this season. The Storm will close out their 2013-14 home schedule with a 3 p.m. game against Findlay on Saturday. That LEC-UF tilt will mark Senior Day for the Lake Erie program.
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